Taylorville Public Library

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Library Policies


  • ACCEPTABLE USE OF THE INTERNET AND LIBRARY COMPUTERS

    Computer equipment and Internet access provided at the Taylorville Public Library is for educational, informational and recreational purposes only. Just as the purchase, availability, and use of media materials does not indicate endorsement of their contents by the Board of Trustees or Staff, neither does making electronic information available to the public imply any endorsement of that content.  

    PUBLIC INTERNET ACCESS:  The Internet, a global electronic information infrastructure, is used to educate, to inform, and to entertain.  As a learning resource, the Internet is similar to books, magazines, video, CD-ROM, and other information sources. Because it is a fluid environment, the information which will be available to the public is constantly changing; therefore, it is impossible to predict with certainty what information the public might locate. 

    Taylorville Public Library assumes no liability for: accuracy of information gained through the Internet, any loss or damage of data, or for damage or injury arising from invasion of privacy in computer accounts, programs or files, or in the case of minor children, for their access to inappropriate visual or other materials.

    INTERNET PROCEDURES:

    • The Library provides public Internet access to Taylorville Public Library patrons who are 18 years of age or older. 
    • To request Internet usage, a patron must show a valid Taylorville Public Library Card or appropriate identification and sign an Internet Policy acknowledgment.
    • Internet access is available on a first come, first served basis and is limited to one (1) hour increments. If no other patrons are waiting, patrons may use a computer for an additional hour.
    • Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for and monitor their children’s Internet use, and must sit at the computer with their child.
    • A maximum of two (2) people are allowed at the Internet terminal.
    • Computer/Internet users must complete their work ten (10) minutes before the close of business.

    STAFF ASSISTANCE: Library staff members provide limited assistance for basic startup procedures only. Library staff cannot provide individualized in-depth training.  As time allows, staff will offer searching suggestions and answer questions.

    PRINTING: The fee for printing is 20 cents per page.

    INAPPROPRIATE USE: Computer access shall not be used for unauthorized, illegal, or unethical purposes. Inappropriate usage, as deemed by the Library staff, may result in privileges being suspended or revoked and may include possible legal action, where appropriate.

    Violations of Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 720, Criminal Offenses, Section 5, Article 11 regarding lewd, obscene, and/or pornographic materials will be reported immediately to the local and/or county law enforcement.  Full text of these statutes is available upon request.  

  • Other examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to:

  • Using the computer hardware and software in a manner that damages the equipment.
  • Obstructing, interrupting, or causing a computer, computer network, computer program, or data to malfunction.
  • Deleting or in any way removing, either temporarily or permanently, any computer program or data from a computer or computer network.
  • Changing the configuration of any of the software or disk drives.
  • Adding or downloading any files to the computer hard drive or restricted disk drives.
  • Disclosing a number, code, password, or other means of access to a computer or computer network without authority and which results in damages to the owner of the computer or network.
  • Performing any operations other than those that are associated with using the resources for which this computer has been designated by the library to perform.
  • PATRON BEHAVIOR IN THE LIBRARY


The Board of Directors of the Taylorville Public Library delegates to the librarian and library staff the responsibility for maintenance of acceptable behavior within the library building and on library property.  The Taylorville Public Library encourages people of all ages to visit the library.  Those using the library and its resources have the right to expect a safe, comfortable environment that supports appropriate library services.

The atmosphere of the library should be conducive to the use of the library materials and patron behavior should correspond to this purpose.  Courtesy to other patrons of the library and the library staff should be practiced at all times.  A reasonable amount of conversation and movement is acceptable, but activities interfering with others' proper use of the library will result in disciplinary measures by the staff.  Adults and children demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the library after two warning from the library staff.  Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to:  excessive noise; inappropriate behavior such as eating, smoking, running, use of roller blades and skateboards; misuse of library property; uncooperative attitude, or actions that deliberately annoy others or prevent the legitimate use of the library and its resources.  Abusive language and behavior toward staff will not be tolerated.  Staff members have the authority to request quiet behavior, or, if there is no response to this request, to ask the person to leave the library building.

Persons under the influence of drugs/alcohol or committing other criminal of inappropriate behavior will be asked to leave.  If such persons react adversely, the police will be contacted. 

Children over age nine (9) may be left unattended provided they are mature enough to stay alone and observe proper conduct.  Children are subject to the same rules of conduct as other patrons, and the same consequences, and may be asked to leave if their behaviors are disruptive.

  • UNATTENDED CHILDREN POLICY


The safety and welfare of children using the Taylorville Public Library is the primary concern for the policy outlined below.

1.     Children under nine (9) years of age must be under the direct supervision of a parent or caregiver while in the library.  If the child is in a library program, it is suggested that the adult remain in the building for the duration of the program.

2.     Children ages nine (9) through twelve (12) may use the library unattended for approximately one hour; assuming their behavior is not disruptive.  Children must be able to contact someone for transportation when they are ready to leave.  Parents remain responsible for children even when the parent is not present in the building.

 3.       Children between the ages of thirteen (13) and eighteen (18) are free to use the library unattended for as long as needed provided their behavior is not disruptive. 

 4.       Destruction of property will not be tolerated.

 5.       If an unattended child is disruptive, is habitually left unattended for long periods of time, or is deemed to be at risk of harm, an effort will be made to locate the responsible parent, guardian, or caregiver.

 6.       The library is not responsible for the care and safety of minor children traveling to and from library premises, or for children left at the library after closing.

If children are left unattended in the library in violation of this policy, the matter may be referred to the police or other authorities.

  • CIRCULATION POLICIES

The Taylorville Public Library circulates all books, periodicals, and audiovisual items in its collection with the exception of reference and genealogical materials.  Periodicals are circulated with the exception of the current issue of each title.

The usual circulation time for an item is two weeks.  Exceptions to this rule are videos and DVDs which circulate for three days.  Materials may be renewed once only.  If another patron is waiting on an item, it may not be renewed. 

A fine will be levied on each item for every day that it is late.  This fine shall not exceed the purchase price of the item, or $20.00 if the item is a book, or $10.00 if the item is a video or DVD. 

Books that are lost or damaged by a patron must be paid for.  Payment will be the replacement value of the book, plus a processing fee of $5.00. 

Family members residing at the same address may not use their library cards unless all cards in the family are clear of fines and overdue materials.  

Interlibrary Loan:

Requests to borrow specific titles shall be made at the circulation desk.  Library staff will order through appropriate sources.  The patron will be responsible for any charges incurred to receive the item.  Orders are limited to five (5) per day. 

Reserve Materials: 

Reserve materials will be held at the circulation desk for seven (7) days after the patron has been notified of its receipt.  If not picked up in that time period, materials will be returned to the lending libraries. 

Rental Books: 

Books that are selected by the librarian from the new best sellers or new books in high demand will be considered rentals.  Each book will have a label placed on the front of the book clearly showing that it is a rental book.  The rental fee charged if fifteen (15) cents per day, with a minimum charge of forty-five (45) cents.  The money collected helps to defray the cost of purchasing best selling items.